OBITUARY

Michael J. Polosky

March 17, 1938April 9, 2018
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In both sadness and celebration, we announce the passing of Michael J. Polosky at age 80 following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Mike was born in Wildwood, PA on March 17, 1938 to Margaret and Michael Polosky. He was the middle of five children who had a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. A love for the culinary arts was his focus during studies at Blackburn University, a passion he shared with others and passed down to his children. He enlisted in the army where he served his country proudly. In 1964 he married and moved to the Midwest where he worked in Ball Bearing Sales for many years. He joyously welcomed children Margaret (Eric), Katherine, and Michael (Lori) and eventually settled in West Des Moines, IA to raise them. It is during this time that he started Power Cleaner Corporation on South East 14 th where he sold and serviced industrial pressure washers. In 1992 Mike married the love of his life, Dee Malena and they enjoyed 26 years of a truly wonderful marriage; a shining example to their children and friends. The family expanded as he welcomed step-daughters Jill (John), Julie (Bryan) and Jenelle (Ted). As an avid outdoorsman Mike shared his passion for nature with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Additionally he loved engaging family and friends over a fun game of cards while preparing his secret sauced homemade pizza. An impassioned supporter in the development of children, Mike founded YABE, Young Adult Beginning Experience, where he and Dee assisted kids through the loss of a parent through death or divorce. As a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church he was a devout Catholic and lover of Christ his entire life. He is survived by younger sister Cindy (Henry) and of course his wife and children. Additionally Mike is survived by beautiful grandchildren Cody (Alaina), Courtney, Abbie (Curt), Nick (Carrie), Zach, Jake, Hannah, Amelia, Keeley, Caroline, Meara and Claire, as well as great grandchildren Rowan, Evelyn, Edwin, Max, Sam, Alex and Will. Nieces include Angela (Jon), Francine (Andrew) and Nephew Henry (Lisa) and their kids Cameron, Evelyn, Hadley and Kendal. Mike is preceded in death by parents Margaret and Mike, older sister Patricia, older brother Quentin (Cathy) and younger brother Stephen (Gail). Remembrances can be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by younger sister Cindy (Henry) and of course his wife and children. Additionally Mike is survived by beautiful grandchildren Cody (Alaina), Courtney, Abbie (Curt), Nick (Carrie), Zach, Jake, Hannah, Amelia, Keeley, Caroline, Meara and Claire, as well as great grandchildren Rowan, Evelyn, Edwin, Max, Sam, Alex and Will. Nieces include Angela (Jon), Francine (Andrew) and Nephew Henry (Lisa) and their kids Cameron, Evelyn, Hadley and Kendal. Mike is preceded in death by parents Margaret and Mike, older sister Patricia, older brother Quentin (Cathy) and younger brother Stephen (Gail).
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Murphy
  • Tom McGuire
  • Bryan Borchert
  • Ted Eickelburg
  • Eric Drucker
  • John Kloos
  • Doran Hill
  • Robert Bayse

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
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Cody Hess

April 19, 2018

Grandpa always knew how to have fun. I loved playing games with him, I could always count on a great night or two of card games when we stayed over. Half the fun was trying to catch him as he slipped cards around the table, or messed with your hand while you were away - all the while hilariously feigning innocence or blaming someone else at the table. I am fairly certain he called all of the grandchildren either Pete or Sam for a decade, just to tease us and make us laugh. He was gifted at making you feel at home and loved by bringing a smile to your face and keeping you laughing.

While he was quick to laugh and joke around, he was also very intentional with his time and attention - interested and engaged in what was going on in my life. Whether we were catching up about school, hobbies, or eventually work and family life, he had a way of drawing you into conversation and letting you know how much he cared about you and what you were doing.

He taught me to cherish family and I always admired his unwavering commitment to having a good time with those he loved. I feel lucky and blessed to have had him in my life.

Abbie Kampman

April 18, 2018

I remember Grandpa to simply be full of joy. His childlike spirit was always present at every family event and even one-on-one. I cannot recall very many times that he was stern or serious, he was always laughing, always up for a game, always wearing a goofy sweater or some bizarre headpiece.- he loved making others smile.

The only serious memory I have of him was when I was going through a terrible time during my teenage years. I must've been in late high school/early college and came to visit Grandma and Grandpa on my own. I had lost my mom a few years before, moved across the country in the middle of my junior year of high school, and was experiencing significant depression and emotional upheaval. Grandpa and Grandma took me to Grey's Lake for lunch and we walked among the trees, fishing and just having a peaceful chat. Later in the day, back at their house, they taught me to make roasted salmon and peach pie (Grandpa always loved to cook and always wanted to teach others the fundamentals). The next day Grandma must've had to work because Grandpa asked if he could take me to lunch. We went out to eat and while enjoying our meal, he expressed how much he understood my struggles. He said "I can see how much pain you've walked through and how much you still carry with you. I know it will get better, you just have to push through this season- there is so much good to come." He was right, after that, things began to look up and the next few years were some of the best of my life so far.

I'm thankful for Grandpa Mike's optimism, his constant joy that spilled over onto others. He loved nature, cooking, games, and his family. He taught me that these few things can always change your mood- they are simple and they are free, and they are meant to be shared.

Julie Borchert

April 17, 2018

We love you and miss you so much already! We know you are now free from pain and are dancing in heaven and watching over us and cheering us on. You were always all of our biggest fan! ❤️

Courtney Hess

April 17, 2018

Grandpa Mike was such an amazing man. He was full of so much love, strength, resilience, and joy. He embraced life, and truly lived it to the fullest. I have so many fond memories with him, but a few of my favorites are:
* How he taught Cody and I how to build giant sand castles with moats, and to catch sand crabs with our hands. He always loved going to the beach with Grandma!
* How I’d get a birthday call from him and Grandma every year. Grandpa would often trail off singing his own tune or rendition of the song which was one of the best parts.
* How we’d get a box of homemade baked goods every Christmas. I loved Grandpa’s holiday nut roll pastry he’d make from scratch.
* His awesome dance moves at Cody and Alaina’s wedding. He’d basically “do the twist” down to the floor and then jump up with his hands in the air and yell “Woo”!
* When Grandpa and I were driving around town, chit chatting one day, and suddenly I realized he was no longer paying much attention to what I was saying. “Grandpa, are you listening?” Silence. “Grandpa, did you fall asleep?” Silence. “Grannnndddppaa... hellloooo...” Silence. I gave up, and settled into the silence. Minutes went by and suddenly he turned to look at me and let out a huge scream, “AHHH!”. I jumped in surprise, trying to keep the car driving straight, and then started laughing hysterically realizing he just tricked me into thinking he couldn’t hear me when really he was just winding me up for a good scare. Haha, oh Grandpa :-).
He always found a way to have fun, and cherish the moment. He did everything in his power to make sure that Parkinson’s didn’t prevent him from enjoying life, or spending time with his family. He showed me the value of determination, and the power of taking time to laugh and be silly. I love you dearly Grandpa Mike, and am forever grateful for your unconditional love!

Julie Borchert

April 17, 2018

One of the things I loved most about my stepdad is that he always treated me like his daughter. I felt so loved by him, and he loved my three boys as his own grandchildren. When he married my mom, we just became part of his family. He had a great abundance of genuine love for us all. I loved how he called me Juls. It was his name for me. He had such an interest in everything we all did - right up until his last days he was asking about my boys and my husband. He had Parkinson's disease for about 25 years, and he never complained about it. He handled each new hurdle that came with the disease with such grace, and he fought the fight with more pizzazz than anyone could imagine. You are my hero Mike. I love you, and you will be so missed!

Cindy Fonzi

April 12, 2018

I will miss you Dear Brother.!!!!! I spent summers with my brother in Wisconsin with his family when I was in high school. That was always so much fun! I now have all my siblings in heaven watching over me, as you all always did when you were here with me!

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Biography

Mike was born in Wildwood, PA on March 17, 1938 to Margaret and Michael Polosky. He was the middle of five children who had a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. A love for the culinary arts was his focus during studies at Blackburn University, a passion he shared with others and passed down to his children. He enlisted in the army where he served his country proudly. In 1964 he married and moved to the Midwest where he worked in Ball Bearing Sales for many years. He joyously welcomed children Margaret (Eric), Katherine, and Michael (Lori) and eventually settled in West Des Moines, IA to raise them. It is during this time that he started Power Cleaner Corporation on South East 14 th where he sold and serviced industrial pressure washers. In 1992 Mike married the love of his life, Dee Malena and they enjoyed 26 years of a truly wonderful marriage; a shining example to their children and friends. The family expanded as he welcomed step-daughters Jill (John), Julie (Bryan) and Jenelle (Ted). As an avid outdoorsman Mike shared his passion for nature with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Additionally he loved engaging family and friends over a fun game of cards while preparing his secret sauced homemade pizza. An impassioned supporter in the development of children, Mike founded YABE, Young Adult Beginning Experience, where he and Dee assisted kids through the loss of a parent through death or divorce. As a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church he was a devout Catholic and lover of Christ his entire life.